On Sun, Mar 11, 2018 at 12:54 PM, Otto Kekäläinen <o...@ubuntu.com> wrote:
> Yes, it is better to have a newer version, but that will not remove
> the epoch thing, all the those epoch related problems will remain. The
> package is from my point of view now sabotaged and I cannot fix it
> because of the epoch.

Ok, I see. But why can't you just add the epoch to the 10.2 and 10.3
packages too?

I mean I don't see any way you'll be able to fix this in Debian
without keeping the epoch.

> Because of the epoch, anybody running for example mariadb-server version 
> 10.3.x will have
their packages either break.

mariadb 10.3 isn't in any Debian or Ubuntu release so that doesn't
really matter. If people are installing beta versions of low-level
stuff from third-party repositories, that's not really Ubuntu's

Even 10.2 isn't in any *stable* release of Debian or Ubuntu, so people
using it now have an unsupported system.

epochs do get added to packages sometimes and sometimes the epochs
didn't really need to be bumped but the Debian archive can handle
epochs. Any third-party repositories should be aware of the epochs for
relevant packages for the series they target.

Jeremy Bicha

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